The morning rain and storms are out of here, and the rest of the day is featuring pretty decent weather as a dry slot of air moves into the state, and we are seeing a gradually clearing sky and very warm temperatures as highs are climbing into the lower 80s. Tonight will feature passing clouds and lows around 60°.
MORE RAIN/STORMS: A warm front begins to lift north out of the Gulf tonight, bringing an unstable air mass back to Alabama, and occasional rain and storms will highlight the forecast for tomorrow, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Where these pulse-like storms form they could be strong, and could become severe, the SPC has defined an “enhanced risk” (level 3/5) of severe storms for a few counties in West Alabama… there is a “slight risk” (level 2/5) as far east as Decatur, Ashland, Troy, and Foley… and a “marginal risk” (level 1/5) for the rest of the state.
The main threat from these storms will be large hail and damaging wind gusts, pretty typical of what we see on a summer day in Alabama.
Then tomorrow night, we will be watching clusters of storms work across the Mississippi Valley along the warm front and these are expected to move into Alabama late Friday night and into the first half of Saturday. The SPC has has much of the state in a “marginal” to “slight risk” to start our Saturday.
These cluster of storms will be pushing rapidly east across Alabama and will be capable of producing large hail, strong, potentially damaging winds, and a few tornadoes are possible. The storm threat winds down by the midday hour, and Saturday afternoon looks dry with highs in the 70s.
Rainfall totals between now and midday Saturday afternoon could be in the 1-3 inch range across the state, so some isolated flooding is possible, but of course the main concern will continue to be numerous rivers across the state, which continue to run full from recent rains.
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